students and teachers denounce “unequal treatment” in the preparation of specialty tests
“In all high schools”Friday 17 and Saturday 18 March “will be devoted, for final year students, to revisions” specialty tests, either during the course or by “free time”. The Minister of National Education, Pap Ndiaye, announced it in a letter addressed to the elected officials of the National Council for High School Student Life, Tuesday March 14, “for the sake of equality”. A response to their request sent a few days earlier and a way to extinguish the rising protest.
The final year students have, it is true, only a few days left to be ready. From Monday March 20 to Wednesday March 22, the 536,000 candidates, including nearly 390,200 in the general stream, sit the two baccalaureate specialty teaching tests, which count for one third of the final baccalaureate mark. And, for the first time since the introduction of the new baccalaureate – the last two editions had been disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic – these notes will be included in the examination of files on Parcoursup.
So the pressure mounts. However, by chatting with each other live or on social networks, the high school students realized that they did not all have the same preparation conditions. In Toulouse, Jeanne (the pupils and teachers mentioned by their first names did not wish to give their names), who will pass the specialties “humanities, literature and philosophy” and “history, geography, geopolitics and political sciences”, does not understand not. “In my establishment, we only have the lessons of spec in the next few days, but some of my friends have lessons until the end of the week and others have just Friday free”, she describes.
Parents of students are also panicking: “My son will have class until Friday included, it’s complicated”, reports Loïc Breilloux, whose son is educated in Haute-Vienne. At the Marie-Curie high school in Sceaux (Hauts-de-Seine), Monday, March 13 in the morning, these fears resulted in the blocking of the establishment by the final year students to ask for more time to revise.
Teachers try to manage as they can. Alice, a philosophy teacher in the Lyon suburbs, has found herself since the beginning of the week with “class pieces”. In his high school, students have the opportunity to register for revision slots that take place at the same time as the lessons of the common core. Some students even warned her that they “would not come to class to (power) revise “.
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